Auxiliary Verbs

November 3rd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

An auxiliary verb is one which helps other verbs form tenses other than the simple present and simple past.

The following are the auxiliary verbs in English:

Tenses Exercise II

November 3rd, 2009 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate form of the verb

1.    I ———————- the examination last year.

a)    Take
b)    Took
c)    Had taken
d)    Have taken

Tenses Exercise I

November 3rd, 2009 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate form of the verb.

1.    The policeman ——————- the thief red-handed.
a)    Catch
b)    Caught
c)    Is caught
d)    Catching

Substituting a Gerund for an Infinitive

November 2nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Both the gerund and the infinitive are verbal nouns. In many cases it is possible to substitute a gerund for an infinitive.

Read the sentences given below:

The Gerund or Verbal Noun

November 2nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Read the sentence given below.

Reading is my hobby.

Participle Exercise

November 2nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Combine the following pairs of sentences by using participles.

Forms of the Participle

November 1st, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Forms of the participle

The participle can be in the active or passive voice.

Examples of present participle in the passive form are given below.